Porsche Panamera

Porsche Panamera

Like the gift that keeps on giving, SR Auto Group is at it again with a new aftermarket program for one of Germany’s finest luxury saloons.

Called Project Crimson Crusader, the tuner extraordinaire prepared a Porsche Panamera GTS with a program that’s oddly similar to a program they built for the Ferrari 458 Italia , or as they called that one, "Project Ice Blade ."

The contrasting white and crimson red color of the Panamera GTS matches extremely well with the new set of wheels - 22" Modern Black Face, Davinci Red Lip PUR 4OUR DEPTH wheels - SR Auto Group fitted to the car. From there, the aftermarket company took the liberty to improve the Panamera GTS’ suspension, lowering the car’s height in order to accommodate the new wheels and the large wheel wells, all while retaining the luxury saloon’s naturally comfortable ride.

As always, SR Auto Group left the engine untouched, opting to keep its 4.8-liter V8 engine that produces 430 horsepower and 385 lb/ft of torque figures intact. Not that it’s a bad thing because on its own, the Panamera GTS is already capable of hitting 0-62 mph in just 4.5 seconds with a matching top speed of 180 mph.

On August 29th, the Moscow International Automobile Salon 2012 kicks off and it is scheduled to run through September 9th. For this upcoming show, TOPCAR has put together an entrant in the form of a 2012 Porsche Panamera customized to the gills. This Porsche Panamera Stingray GTR is actually the 9th edition of 25 upcoming Stingray GTR models.

We are not necessarily huge fans of the Panamera and even less of fans when it comes to customized models. So many companies tend to go way overboard restyling the Panamera and they actually end up taking away the little character that this Porsche sedan actually has.

TOP CAR has taken to this Panamera from top to bottom, decking out its interior, exterior, engine, and even the brakes in an attempt to not just make it look better, but run with the best of them. Can TOP CAR really pull off the nearly impossible by handing us a well-designed Panamera with accents where they need to be, or did they just roll out another Panamera hack-job like we usually see?

Click past the jump to read our full review to see how it stacks up.

With 250 HP, the Panamera Diesel isn’t the most powerful model in the line-up by a long shot. By comparison, the Panamera Turbo doubles this output (500 HP) and the Turbo S goes to 550 HP. Lucky for us, McChip DKR has revealed an impressive upgrade package to help the diesel engine out just a little bit.

The engine modifications prepared for the Panamera Diesel increase its 3.0 L V6 engine’s output to a total of 285 HP and 442 lbs-ft of torque. As a result, the sports sedan’s top speed can now go up to 152 mph with an undoubtedly faster 0-60 mph sprint time (no official time provided).

Next to the engine update, McChip-DKR is also offering a new set of performance springs from H&R which lowers the big Porsche by about 30 millimeters, as well as a new set of 22" wheels wrapped in Dunlop Sport Maxx GT high-performance tires.

It may not be the power and performance provided by the Turbo and Turbo S models, but this extra little boost to the Panamera Diesel may just be enough to make some Porsche customers happy.

German tuner Anderson Germany hasn’t been in the news lately, but for better or worse, when they do have a program, it makes headlines. Their latest project for the Porsche Panamera is called the White Snow and as its name suggests, it’s really powdery white. Maybe even a little too powdery.

Along with the White Snow finish, Anderson Germany gave the Panamera a comprehensive bodykit that includes a wider bumper spoiler, new air intakes, and two new ribs taking the place of where the bay fog was. We’re not exactly big fans of this, if we’re being honest.

From there, the German tuner also built borders surrounding the headlights, fitted a new set of 22" wheels, and added a lightweight spoiler, a rounded rear bumper with unique designs of their own, and a new dual-pipe exhaust system.

Inside, Anderson Germany dressed up the Porsche Panamera with a unique combination of carbon fiber, beige leather, Alcantara, and suede. Combine all of that with the "White Snow" exterior, and you have a German luxury sports saloon that doesn’t strike us the way Anderson Germany normally does. We just needed more of a fiery tuning program in the middle of the Summer.

Porsche Panamera Shooting Brake

From a company that at one point produced tractors and military tanks, we guess it isn’t all that crazy to see Porsche expanding their automobile lineup to include SUVs and sports sedan models, but somehow the thought still sends shudders down the spines of select Porsche lovers. Well, get ready for those chills because the German sports car maker is preparing an estate version of their Panamera sedan and, according to Autocar, we’ll be seeing it in concept form at the 2012 Paris Auto Show. If enough people show interest in the concept, Porsche will eventually offer a production version for it as part of their plan to see 200,000 units by the middle of the decade.

The future Panamera Estate will be built in cooperation with Bentley, meaning that we could see a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 petrol engine in the upcoming Porsche model. Sin Sin ce this estate version is planned for 2016, expect it to carry design features from the future Panamera generation, which Porsche aims to be about 330 lbs lighter than the current model.

In addition to the Panamera Estate, Porsche is also planning on adding a coupe and a convertible version to their lineup.

Source: AutoCar
Lindsay Lohan was Not Permitted to Drive When She Crashed a Rented Porsche

Okay, there comes a time in a person’s life when they need to put the keys down and take the bus around town. That usually happens sometime around the age of 70 or 80 years old. You know, your vision deteriorates, your hearing is not what it once was, your reaction times are slower, etc., so it’s just time to give it up.

Well, Ms. LiLo (Lindsay Lohan to those non-TMZ readers) is not yet out of her 20s and it’s time to get rid of those keys. Just weeks after famously crashing a rented Porsche 911 , while forbidden to drive , she has yet again crashed. To boot, it is yet another Porsche. Okay, before we get all dramatic on you and say she mangled a test mule 918 hybrid , we’ll let you know that it was only a minor fender bender and the Porsche in question is just a Panamera and not a 911 .

According to the report, Lohan barely nipped a Ford Mustang , putting a minor scratch on it. The Mustang driver was told that Lohan was being chased by the paparazzi and that’s how she hit him. Fortunately, the Mustang driver seems more proud of the scratch than his car, as he said he would use the scratch as a selling point, by saying "You see that scratch right there? Lindsay Lohan hit my car and didn’t total it!"

Still, she is forbidden to drive by her employer’s insurance company. You know, the employer that is likely paying her in excess of $100K per episode to be in a series about Elizabeth Taylor’s rocky life. In addition, where did this girl learn how to drive? She is in several accidents every year and they are almost always – or at least appear to be – her fault.

On behalf of all drivers on the road, we would like to request that Lindsay Lohan find her way to the closest bicycle store and purchase a nice 10-speed to get her around.

Source: Jalopnik

When Porsche launched the Panamera, we were a little shocked, but the novelty has quickly worn off and we are now pretty much indifferent about it. The biggest issue that makes the Panamera such an afterthought is the fact that it’s not really cool. Sure it’s a sedan, but sedans can still be pretty bad-ass (see: Tesla Model S ,Ford Taurus SHO , etc.)

Germany’s No Limit Custom, a motorcycle customization shop, has shifted its focus from building awesome bikes to modifying sports cars. One of its newest models released is a modification kit to the Porsche Panamera, which it dubbed the GP-970. NLC claims this kit fits every style of Panamera to date: the Panamera , Panamera S, Panamera S Hybrid , Panamera 4/4S , Panamera GTS , Panamera Turbo, and Panamera Turbo S .

For the most part, the GP-970 kit is only to increase the appearance and aerodynamics of the already relatively powerful Panamera. As with many body kits, there is a fine line between improving the car and completely ruining it, which is what we need to take a look at.

To find out if NLC is part of the former or latter group, you’re going to have to click past the jump.

German tuner, Hamann , has seen its fair share of luxury vehicles in their headquarters, but every once in awhile, they have to pay a second visit to a previous model. This is the case with the Porsche Panamera Turbo . Their first "Cyrano " package was unveiled at the 2011 Essen Motor Show, but it only came with an output of 580 HP and 604 lb-ft of torque. Now, the German tuner has upgraded the package even further so that the Cyrano delivers a total of 603 HP and 641 lb-ft of torque.

With this impressive upgrade, the new Cyrano will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds and up to 124 mph in 12.6 seconds. If equipped with the Sport Chrono Package, the Cyrano will go from 0 to 60 mph in jut 3.7 seconds and to 124 mph in 12.4 seconds, on its way up to an impressive top speed of 195 mph.

Aside from the power boost, the Panamera has also been completely redesigned to offer better aerodynamics. The front has been completely revamped thanks to the addition of larger air intakes, a redesigned bonnet made of carbon fiber, and perfectly integrated daytime running lights. For the side of the sports sedan, the tuner added new side skirts, while the rear of the vehicle received a special diffuser rear apron and a new sports exhaust system with dual tailpipes. A new set of 22" wheels combined with special suspensions or a lowering module for the air suspension completes the package.

The interior combines the finest leathers, with an aluminum pedal system, Alcantara, and an array of carbon fiber elements.

Now that Mercedes has officially launched their new Shooting Brake, a few more automakers have announced their interest in developing such a model. The first rumors suggested that McLaren would bring a MP4-12C Shooting Brake , but now German magazine Autobild suggests that Porsche will also be offering a Panamera Shooting Brake version as a direct response to the recently announced Mercedes CLS Shooting Brake .

Before getting too excited about this, know that such a model wouldn’t arrive until the next generation 2015 Panamera, which would mean that a Shooting Brake version wouldn’t arrive until 2016.

The Panamera Shooting Brake will address those customers who are looking for the same level of luxury offered in the Panamera, but with a little more practicality. The Shooting Brake version will be identical to its sedan version, except of course for its wider shoulders and the larger trunk. Porsche will also be working on making the next Panamera lighter than the current model, so expect its total curb weight to drop about 330 lbs. The model will also be switched to Volkswagen’s new Modular Standard Platform and will adopt a series of more fuel efficient engines.

Source: Autobild
Porsche Panamera Turbo S

When you pay a lot of money for a brand new car, you don’t expect to have any problems with it at all. In the real world, however, bad things can happen, even for high performance vehicles from Porsche . The Stuttgart based company has announced a pretty serious recall for their Panamera and Cayenne Turbo models (all 2012 Cayenne models and Panamera Turbo and Turbo S models from 2011 and 2012), to the tune of 270 US units.

The recall was issued because the turbine wheels from the turbocharging system may fracture under certain conditions. Such a fracture can cause a chain reaction in which the turbine shaft cracks, oil is sucked into the exhaust system causing smoke, and possibly a fire.

The problem was detected when a series of fires started in Syria in October and later on a racetrack. During some X-ray inspection, Porsche discovered a series of 37 worldwide failures of the turbine wheels, including three in the U.S.

Porsche is advising the clients with the affected vehicles to take them to the nearest dealership where they will have the turbine replaced, at what we are assuming is free of charge.

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